NHL Trades 2015: Analyzing Moves That Will Impact Postseason Race

March 2nd, 2015 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

The NHL trade deadline came with a flurry Monday with a number of league-shifting moves, as contenders bolstered their depth for the playoff run while teams out of the race turned their attention toward the future.

Some trades certainly moved the needle more than others, especially when they involved teams in the mix for a postseason spot or potential run toward the Stanley Cup.

Here is a look at three trades in particular that will have a direct impact on the postseason race.


James Wisniewski to the Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are in first place in the Pacific Division, but they need more effective play on the defensive side if they hope to win the Stanley Cup. They may have gotten just what they needed Monday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded defender James Wisniewski and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft to Anaheim for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Anaheim is 20th in the league in goals against per game and will likely immediately plug Wisniewski into the rotation. He is the rare defender who is als ...

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